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Logical Reasoning is one of the most important and challenging sections of the Common Admission Test (CAT). This section will test your logical reasoning and problem-solving ability. Some of the important topics that will be covered in the Logical Reasoning section are Venn Diagrams, Seating Arrangements, Assumptions and Binary logic.
All the problems of the Logical Reasoning section are usually of an ‘all-or-nothing’ type i.e either you will be able to answer the questions of a problem completely or you will not be able to answer any single question of that problem. You will have to work hard to score well in the Logical Reasoning section. CollegeDekho has provided some important tips to answer the logical reasoning questions of CAT in this article.
What is Logical Reasoning in CAT?
Before moving further, let us understand the importance of the Logical Reasoning section in CAT exam. The logical reasoning section of CAT comprises 4-5 sets of problems containing 4-5 questions each. Around 32 questions will be asked in this section. You will have only 40 minutes to complete the section. One of the major advantages of concentrating on the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section of CAT is that you do not need to learn any lengthy formulae or concepts to attempt these questions. However, you will need to practise a lot to score well in this section. You should remember that most of the B-Schools have a separate cutoff for all the sections so you need to focus on each section equally. You can check the exam pattern of CAT provided below.
Tips to Answer Logical Reasoning Questions in CAT
Here are some important tips to answer the logical reasoning questions in CAT 2021 exam.
You are advised to give equal importance to both the factual data and the information provided in the question.
You should read all the choices carefully before eliminating one option.
You should answer the questions only on the basis of information provided in the problem i.e you should not consider any data that is not given in the question.
You can read all the choices provided in the answer before reading the question. Sometimes you do not need to read the question, you can eliminate the option directly.
You may face some of the choices linked to general knowledge. You are advised to not fall in these kinds of traps as these kinds of questions are designed to confuse the candidates.
You can utilise the rough sheet provided to you to draw a table, graph or chart to organize your information.
You can watch the videos of previous years’ CAT toppers to know the strategy of attempting logical reasoning questions in CAT exam.
You are advised to skip the question if you are facing any problem while answering it. You may answer that question after answering all the reasoning questions.
You can visualize the data provided in the question. This will help you to solve the question without writing it on paper.
Important Topics for Logical Reasoning of CAT
You are advised to keep a copy of the CAT syllabus 2021 with you while preparing for the exam. You can sort out the topics of CAT according to your strengths and weaknesses. Some of the important topics for the Logical Reasoning of CAT exam are provided in the table below.
Expected No. of Questions
Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams
Assumption and Binary Logic
Clocks and calendars
You should note that it is not necessary that all types of problems will be asked in the exam. The question paper may contain 1-2 questions of puzzles or it may not cover any question from it.
How to Improve Logical Reasoning for CAT?
You can improve your logical reasoning for CAT by solving a maximum number of questions from the Logical Reasoning section. You can note all the important topics mentioned in the syllabus of CAT and then you can pick any topic as per your choice. You can either purchase a mock test series of any coaching institute or you can download an online PDF from the internet.
Difficulty Level of Logical Reasoning of CAT
You may face around 16 Logical Reasoning questions in the CAT exam. The difficulty level of the questions will range from easy to moderate. Most of the questions will not require any lengthier calculations. You can solve them with the help of some logic and understanding.
The marking scheme of the Logical Reasoning will be the same as the remaining sections of the CAT. Three marks will be awarded for each correct answer while one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. You can check the detailed analysis of this section of the CAT exam below.
The CAT 2021 exam will be conducted on November 28, 2021 (Sunday). The last date to register for the exam was September 23, 2021. Candidates who have any doubt regarding the application process of CAT 2021 or any other section can post their questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone. Meanwhile, you can check some CAT preparation articles listed below.
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